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Data recovery from magneto optical disks used in CT scanning

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) has become the standard medical image format. It is used extensively by most medical software programs and PACS systems. Old scanners did not produce DICOM images but instead used proprietary formats. If you need to work with these images you first need to convert the images to DICOM.

We have been working with a number of NHS Trusts, who need to interrogate their archived MO disks, where the results of a particular CT scan are affecting personal injury claims and accident compensation claims. These scanners which have since been updated, stored scans in a proprietary format not recognised by any other application. To make matters worse, many of the MO disks that were created are hardware specific, meaning that they will only work on specially configured drive(s). These drives are now end-of-life and cannot be purchased.

Data Recovery Specialists have developed software to recognise, catalogue and convert these images without any loss of quality or patient information. In addition we have created emulators to read the disks. Some hospitals have opted for a complete bespoke system running on a Windows Workstation, whereas others are now sending disks for conversion as required.

This is not the first time that DRS have come to the aid of the sound and image studios, throughout Europe. In the past they have been involved in productions at other leading studios - often turning repairs around in very short time-scales to meet demand.